The Viewer

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The Viewer displays a large preview of one image or a number of selected images.

Introduction to the Viewer

The Viewer gives you the option to view a single image or multiple images at once. The Viewer is a fundamental element of the Capture One user interface. The Viewer window enables users to view image files and check the effect of any adjustments that have been made. It also is easy to make image comparisons. Up to 12 different images can be selected and seen in the Viewer at one time making it effortless to compare images side-by-side.

The Viewer gives you the option to view a single image or multiple images at once

The Viewer Modes

The Viewer has three primary modes: Multi view, Primary view and Toggle Proof Margin. These modes are accessed by pressing the icons located in the top-left corner of the Viewer. (See icons circled in blue). The active icon will turn orange once it is selected.

The Viewer has three primary modes: Multi view, Primary view and Toggle Proof Margin

Primary View

The Primary view mode enables a single image to be displayed in the Viewer. The displayed image is selected from the thumbnail selection in the Browser. The active thumbnail will have a thick white border around it.

The Primary view mode enables a single image to be displayed in the Viewer.

Multi view mode

The Multi View mode enables you to see up to 12 images in the Viewer. The displayed images are selected from the thumbnails in the Browser. Note for most workflows in Capture One, the Multi View option can be left selected.

  1. Go to the Viewer's tool bar, and click-on the Multi View mode () icon.

The Multi view mode enables you to see up to 12 images in the Viewer

Toggle Proof Margin

The Toggle Proof Margin enables users to switch between two different Viewer margin settings (which is the distance between the edge of your image file and the frame of the Viewer). These settings can be adjusted by going to Capture One>Preferences... Go to the Appearance menu where you can adjust Margin distance from 3px (default) up to 40px. The Proof Margin can also be adjusted using the slider from 0 to 100 pixels. (The default is 25px).

The Toggle Proof Margin enables users to switch between two different Viewer margin settings

Selecting and viewing multiple images

To display more than one image at a time in the viewer, ensure the Multi View option () icon is selected. For most workflows the Multi View option can be left selected. Up to 12 images can be displayed in the Viewer. 

  1. There are a number of ways to select multiple thumbnails, choose from the following:
    • Click on a single thumbnail, press the shift key, then click on another thumbnail. All the thumbnails in between will also be selected.
    • Click on a single thumbnail, press Cmd/Ctrl (Mac/Windows), and click on another thumbnail. Only the selected thumbnails will be displayed in the Viewer.
    • Go to Edit>Select All to select all the thumbnails in the Browser. Alternatively, press Cmd-A/Ctrl+A (Mac/Windows).
  2. To deselect the active thumbnails, simply click between them in the Browser. Alternatively, go to Edit>Deselect All or press Shift-Cmd-A/Ctrl+Shift+A (Mac/Windows). 

Up to 12 images can be displayed in the Viewer

RGB, Lightness, Exposure and rating information

The Viewer has a number of features to aid photographers in postproduction. These include the RGB and Lightness, or CMYK, readout values that are displayed in the center of the Viewer toolbar. (See circled). 

The bottom left corner of the Viewer displays camera data that includes the exposure settings (ISO, shutter and f-stop) as well as the focal length of the camera lens used to capture the image. The bottom right corner displays the color tag and star rating applied to the image. Click on the box or dot/star to alter the rating or tag. Find out more about star rating and color tags here.

The Viewer has a number of features to aid photographers in postproduction. These include the RGB and Lightness, or CMYK, readout values

Zooming multiple images simultaneously

When you have more than one image in the Viewer, you can zoom all images simultaneously by holding down the Shift key and dragging the zoom slider (in the top right corner of the Viewer) or by scrolling the mouse wheel.

If you have more than one image in the Viewer you can zoom all images simultaneously by holding down SHIFT and dragging the zoom slider

Viewing videos

Video files are displayed with a movie camera icon (center of the thumbnail) in the Browser. Once the thumbnail has been selected, it is possible to play the video in the Viewer. By moving your mouse cursor over the movie file (in the Viewer) a control panel will appear.

You can view videos in full screen or add movies to a slideshow. Please note that it is only possible to play videos in this software as Capture One provides no video editing capabilities. If you don’t want to see videos appearing in the Browser, select View>Global filters>Always Hide Movie Files.